An occasion for unselfing: Beautiful nature leads to prosociality

@article{Zhang2014AnOF,
  title={An occasion for unselfing: Beautiful nature leads to prosociality},
  author={Jia Wei Zhang and P. Piff and Ravi Iyer and Spassena P. Koleva and D. Keltner},
  journal={Journal of Environmental Psychology},
  year={2014},
  volume={37},
  pages={61-72}
}
Past studies have documented interpersonal benefits of natural environments. Across four studies, we tested the hypothesis that exposure to more beautiful nature, relative to less beautiful nature, increases prosocial behavior. Study 1 yielded correlational evidence indicating that participants prone to perceiving natural beauty reported greater prosocial tendencies, as measured by agreeableness, perspective taking, and empathy. In Studies 2 and 3, exposure to more beautiful images of nature… Expand

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